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In this week’s Carson Courier:
Second Helpings Building Re-Dedication
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to participate in the building re-dedication for Second Helpings Community Kitchen here in Indianapolis. Second Helpings is an extraordinary organization that is dedicated to “transforming lives through the power of food.” They do this by working with restaurants, grocery stores and other food providers to redistribute perishable and overstocked food to those in need. In addition to providing meals for our community’s hungry families, the organization also provides culinary training to individuals looking to start over and work towards a career. Since 1998, Second Helpings has rescued over 16 million pounds of food, distributed more than 6 million meals to agencies throughout our community, and graduated close to 500 chefs-to-be.
At the re-dedication, we celebrated Second Helpings’ recent $1 million expansion and cut the ribbon on their newly renovated kitchen. The upgraded facilities will allow the organization to double their output and serve even more families throughout Marion County. I commend their dedication to serving our families in need, empowering those who are looking for a fresh start, and ending food insecurity in our city and state.
You can learn more about Second Helpings, Inc. at their website.
Visiting with Students at Winchester Village Elementary School
This week, I had the pleasure of meeting with students, teachers and administrators from Winchester Village Elementary School in Perry Township. I shared with the group stories of serving in Congress, the value of helping others, and why it is important to stay focused in school. I also had the opportunity to share with the kids how a bill becomes law. It was a thrill and an honor to meet with the future leaders of our community, city, and state, and I look forward to visiting many more schools throughout our community in the months to come.
Black History Month: Honoring Ida B. Wells
Long before the impassioned speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. or the principled defiance of Rosa Parks, Ms. Ida B. Wells was a tireless opponent of racial injustice. Born just a few months before Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Wells was a journalist, newspaper editor, and, with her husband, owned a series of socially conscious publications that spoke out against atrocities in the earliest days of the Civil Rights Movement. As we continue celebrating Black History Month, it brings me great honor to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary courage and strength of Ida B. Wells.
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